IACMI CEO, Craig Blue delivered a keynote speech at the SHYFT Design + Innovation 2016 Conference hosted by Techmer PM in Chattanooga, TN. SHYFT is an independent community focused on cultivating relationships and engagement within the research, development, innovation, and design communities.

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In his presentation, Blue gave a general introduction of ORNL/MDF and an overview of The Composites Institute, defining IACMI success and next steps. Other keynote speakers for the event included Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, and Richard Clarke, Global Vice President of Advanced Innovation (DTC) of Nike. Inspired by Blue’s presentation, Nike elected to extend their East Coast travel time and drive to Knoxville to tour the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) and learn more about the regional manufacturing innovation ecosystem.